Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Cabin

I did not wish to take a cabin passage,
but rather to go before the mast and on the deck of the world,
for there I could best see the moonlight amid the mountains.
-Henry David Thoreau

My cabin.

My cabin passage. You could almost pretend you're on a ship, if you wanted. The water lulls you to sleep... always rushing... always flowing... always constant with its gentle lullaby. This is the most peaceful place I've ever been.

I think Millie adores it here almost as much as I. She saw two deer this morning. We followed them down to the river but lost them, so we chased sticks and threw stones.

I'm getting tan and the sun is lightening my hair. I look in the mirror and think this place looks good on me.

Feels good, too. I have a picnic table on the deck and a firepit in the "yard". I use the table all the time - I'm writing from it now, in fact - but I have yet to use the firepit. I'm thinking of making a peach cobbler in my cast iron dutch oven this weekend, though. The grocery store in town, simply marked by a sign that reads: THE GROCERY, has fresh organic peaches. I think I'll try those and let the sugary/cinnamony summer-in-a-pot bubble as I rest in the grass by the river and read.

I have birds in the eaves of the cabin's porch. They're sweet birds - not the loud, squawking ones that jolt you out of your dreams at sun-up. We've all gotten along fine, the wildlife and cabin and Millie and I. I hope it continues. The man at the laundrymat (nearby the grocery; it's called THE LAUNDRY) says they've spotted several black bears this week. A note on my cabin door this afternoon reminded me not to leave food or drinks in the car and immediately dispose of trash, etc. Oh my gosh. I can just see myself - lying on my stomach, tanning my back and staring into the river - and suddenly seeing a bear reflection opposite mine. Scares the jeevies out of me. I'll sleep with one eye open tonight.

So bears aside, I'm in love with my new place. Feeling very Thoreau these days.

Tomorrow we'll do interior pictures, if you're curious. -Brin


Harbor Hon said...

The cabin is lovely. And, yes, we would want to see pictures of the inside if we may.

I don't think you'll have a problem with bears as long as you follow the instructions given. Will pray that you will be safe and warm in your little haven with your sweet cabin mate, Millie.

Take care of you. xxoo

Rox said...

Am I ever curious : ) Please tease me with the interior pics. I know it is wonderful. I can almost smell the fresh air from here!

Anonymous said...

Curious as ever. I am sorry...did I miss a post that explained why the left the Freeman house to go here for 6 months? Are you writing and making money to pay off some land and the Freeman house? Solitude?

I am jealous!

Ruthie from California

Jenny said...

Wonderful place! Can't wait to see the inside.

It just gets better and better!

Sue said...

What a cool little hideaway!

Jess said...

So cool!!!
I would love to see pics from the inside as well.
I can just imagine that this will be a 6 months you will never forget. What an awesome experience.
So glad to have found your blog to live the experience vicariously!!!
Thanks for sharing it!!!

Louise said...

I was also wondering why you are at the cabin??? I wish I were somewhere else too. And a cabin and camping sounds wonderful.
Louise in Alberta

Lynne said...

I am amazed you have internet there, especially from outside on your picnic table.

I can't imagine anyplace being more "tanning" than Texas although from personal experience I know the Colorado sun is very strong! :)

I have black bears in my yard on a regular basis here in New Jersey. I don't fear them anymore since they have never shown the least bit of interest in my dogs or myself. They are amazing creatures as long as you respect them.

Anonymous said...

I am ready.. when can I come???? -Kim

Kristie @ Comfy Cozy said...

The cabin is cute...can't wait to see pictures of the inside! It sounds like you are going to enjoy your stay.

Anonymous said...

Brin, Your new venture is intriquing. Keep us posted...in great detail. If you are looking for a good book check out A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. If you haven't read it in the past, I think you will really like it. Enjoy your peace and hopefully quiet! Take good care of you both! Michelle

Anonymous said...

Ooooooh, this place is so beautiful. I can't believe how close the river is. I am sooo happy for you, Brin. What a wonderful place of respite. :o)

Okay, PLEASE post interior photos. Definitely wanting to see this adorable cabin. :o)

They say nature is God's second book. From the photos, it appears you are in the palm of HIS hand. What a perfect place for you and Millie. :o)


Linda Z said...

Beautiful!! Of course I want to see the inside! Millie is getting sooo big already!

Unknown said...

Of course were curious about the inside! What a lovely cabin and surroundings, and don't worry about the bears, I camped out in Oregon one summer and saw a bear across the river, kinda exciting! Nothing can refresh the soul like nature so soak it all in and thanks for sharing it all with us too! Love Ya!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, please, more photos!!!


Anonymous said...

Hi Brin,
Who is looking after Freeman House? Have you hired a house sitter, or is she "home alone"?
//Tine, Denmark

Amy said...

It suits you. Too bad you can't box it up and move it home with you.

We hope you're well. I bet the town people are loving having you there and getting to know "that little Texas girl out at the cabin."

Betty said...

Love your little cabin, Brin and I'll add that I too am curious about the inside. About those peaches..is there a recipe coming our way??

Pudgeduck said...

Do you need a silent partner? I'll keep very silent- don't have the funds though. LOL! You are living my dream.....

linda t said...

A cabin with internet access!! What more do you need!

And YES, we'd LOVE to view the inside of your cabin.

You are living my dream Brin! Praying you rediscover, reconnect and renew.


SweDaisy said...

So peaceful. You can actually hear the breeze blowing the grass and making it dance all around you. Can't wait to see inside.

Take care,

Anonymous said...

This cabin looks idyllic. It looks amazing and peaceful. You are so fortunate to be there. My guess is that you are working at a large ranch or inn for the summer as a pastry chef in the mornings and you have the rest of the day to yourself to reflect.